Metro North Mall
|Location||Kansas City North, Missouri, USA|
|Opening date||September 1976|
|Closing date||April 15, 2014|
|Owner||Metro North Company
IAS Partners Ltd.
|No. of stores and services||150 at Peak, 2 at time of closing|
|No. of anchor tenants||4 at Peak, 1 at time of closing|
|Total retail floor area||1,300,000 s.f.|
|No. of floors||2|
Metro North opened its doors in 1976 and was the only enclosed mall located north of the Missouri River in the Kansas City metro area, as well as being the second largest mall in the area, behind Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas. It was developed by Frank Morgan and his uncle Sherman Dreiseszun.
After a decade of decline and left with only two stores, the mall closed its doors on April 15, 2014.
Metro North Mall opened in September 1976, with 1.3 million s.f. of retail space that included 125 storefronts and 4 anchor stores on two levels. Despite the challenges of the market, the mall interior is well maintained and features a beautiful 1980s-style center court area with a stage surrounded by a pool of water, which includes four mini hot-air balloons suspended from the ceiling that float up and down. Metro North previously had a small 6-screen theatre near the Montgomery Ward section, but it closed along with the 6-screen theatre on a pad site behind the mall nearest to Montgomery Ward. The former Montgomery Ward store which closed in 2001, and its retail 'wing' are completely vacant. JCPenney closed in mid-2008, in favor of opening two new stores. Dillard's converted to a clearance center in 2007, closing off the lower level of the store. Dillard's later left the mall in late 2008, in favor of a new location in nearby Zona Rosa. MC Sporting Goods operated as a junior anchor in part of the former Montgomery Ward store until it closed in March 2009. Macy's (which originally opened as The Jones Store) is the sole remaining anchor.
The independent film titled Shoe Store was filmed in Metro North Mall. The vacant Steve's Family Shoes store was used build the set for the film.
Plans for redeveloping the ailing shopping center via a partnership with Alberta Development Partners were released in 2007. It cited turning Metro North into an outdoor lifestyle center, although the plans fell through shortly after being released, due to the recession and death of mall owner Sherman Dreiseszun. In 2010, new redevelopment plans with MD Management Inc. surfaced, with intent to revitalize the shopping center that by this time had fallen to 17 percent occupancy with only one remaining anchor. These plans called for the majority of the present mall to be torn down and replaced by a smaller enclosed mall (rather than open-air shopping, as expected from the original developers), which will incorporate mixed uses in addition to the standard shopping mall. The redevelopment of the mall faced setbacks, but new announcements arose in May 2013 that MD Management Inc. was looking to raze the mall and replace it with a smaller, one-level enclosed mall featuring two anchor stores, due to demand for a viable enclosed mall to serve the Northland area.
In April 2014, MD Management announced that the mall would be shuttered on April 15, 2014. At the time of closure, only two inline stores remained: GNC and The Wig Shoppe. Macy's, the sole surviving anchor store, will remain open.
On March 10, 2015, MD Management announced that IAS Partners Ltd. would acquire the shopping center in a deal set to close in April 2015. IAS envisions replacing the enclosed mall with a new open-air center that will include local and national retailers, multifamily housing and maybe office spaces.
- Macy's (244,000 sq. ft.)
- MC Sporting Goods; (in part of former Wards, jr. anchor) opened 2002, closed 2009
- Dillard's; (155,000 sq. ft.) opened 1976, closed 2008
- JCPenney; (168,151 sq. ft.) opened 1976, closed 2008
- The Jones Store; opened 1976, became Macy's in 2006
- Montgomery Ward; opened 1976, closed 2001
- AMC Theatres; (outparcel) opened 1976, closed 2002
The Pleasure of Shopping... Metro North! /&/ Come For The Shopping... Stay For The FUN!
- Zona Rosa - opened in 2004
- Iconic developer Dreiseszun dies - Kansas City Business Journal - December 3, 2007
- Joyce Smith (April 10, 2014). "Metro North Shopping Center is closing Tuesday, but Macy’s will remain open". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- Shoe Store IMDb Page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1600893/trivia?tr1124953